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making sense of a chaotic scene. investigators search for answers in the deadly collision between a commuter train and an suv that ended up on the tracks. >> why was this vehicle in the crossway. one of the nation's biggest health insurers is targeted by hackers. anthem says a database contains tens of millions of customer records was breached. and as the number of measles cases continues to grow one state is rethinking its law allowing parents to opt out. >> i hope we don't have to wait for someone to die before we take this seriously. captioning funded by cbs the "cbs morning news" for thursday febru
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5th, 2015. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, february 5th, 2015. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, this morning service resumes on the metro north commuter railroad line that was the scene of a devastating rush hour crash on tuesday night. six people were killed in valhalla about 20 miles north of new york city when a train collided with an suv. as investigators continue to look into the tragic wreck, the big question they're facing is why did the driver stop her suv on the tracks. don champion reports. >> reporter: 24 hours after the fiery crash, the cars of the metro north train were towed back down the tracks. earlier on wednesday what's left of the suv that triggered the deadly collision was lifted from the front of the train. the driver of that vehicle was identified as 49-year-old ellen brody. investigators say brody had just been diverted from the scene of another accident as she drove on the track os as the wooded arms of the crossing guards came down
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around her. the train hit brody's vehicle with such force it sent the electrify file rail through the third car of the train. james wallace was in the second car of the train. >> we started smelling gasoline fumes and the fire was getting a lot larger up front at the head of the car. i started thinking this is not the place we want to be. >> reporter: investigators say it appears the fire on the train was fueled by gasoline from brody's suv. five men were killed, all of them in the first car. walter liedke was a curator for more than three decades at the metropolitan museum of art. eric vandercar was a live music fan who worked as a bond trader. the body of joseph nadol is preparing for the identification of his body. also killed was 41-year-old aditya tomar of connecticut. they'll investigate the adequacy of the train's exits.
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passengers who survived described a quite chaotic scene. >> someone reacted quickly, broke the emergency exit window -- not window, hatch, pulled the lever down helped pull the door down and we jumped out. and while it's impossible to predict what could happen in the event of a train accident, rail experts say historically some parts of the train may be safer than others. >> sit in the aisle seat rather than the window seat and sit toward the middle of the car instead of the end of the car. >> now, the railway says an average of 230 to 250 people are killed each year at highway grade railroad crossings and 94% of those cases can be blamed on risky driver behavior or poor judgment. anne-marie? >> don champion here in new york. thank you, don. well coming up on "cbs this morning" this morning, we'll hear from a survivor whose quick actions helped his fellow passengers off the train.
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the fbi is investigating a database breach at anthem. their database was hacked. it contained the personal information of about 80 million customers. the name information includes names, addresses and social security numbers. the breach was discovered last week. and now to heavy weather. heavy rain is expected to drench the coast as bitter air is expected to hit the northeast. light snow is expected today but a more significant storm may produce heavier amounts this weekend. meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station wbz is following the two storm systems. >> well, another shot of cold that's been the theme lately. an arctic front moving toward the coastline this morning. we're looking at bitterly cold windchills well below the 20s stretching toward the east coast. places like raleigh, d.c., new york city, boston looking at subzero weather by the time you head home, another bitter shot. where's the warm air? plenty of it in the middle of the country. look at denver.
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61 this afternoon. salt lake city, to 65. near 60 in seattle and 80s into parts of arizona and southern california. we're also watching a storm on the west coast. a big curl of tropical moisture that's feeding in, and the fire hose is going to be on over the next several days. rain beginning now. we'll see plumes of it moving in friday into saturday. directed at california and into oregon in particular. so from the bay area to norcal, some big rain totals here coming off one of the driest januarys ever recorded. it is much needed, but there could be some loblized edd edd edd -- localized flooding mudslides and wind gusts and norcal could see as much as 10 inches of rain through sunday. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for cbs news. secretary of state john kerry arrives in kiev this morning as the u.s. reconsiders sending arms to help the ukrainians fight russian-backed rebels. defense secretary nominee ashton carter says he's inclined to support the struggling ukrainian army. escalated fighting prompted the
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possible change in u.s. policy. a ukrainian military spokesman says five soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours. yesterday the rebel stronghold of donetsk was hit by mortar fire. and there is also a call in congress to provide more military support for jordan as it gears up for a more extensive battle against isis. following the execution of a jordanian air force pilot, jordan's king promised a relentless war against the islamic state. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. king abdullah is promising to hit isis militants in the center of their stronghold making strong statements after cutting short his trip to washington. now, jourdanian officials say they will work closely with all of their allies. the u.s. is among them. and now all 26 members of the senate armed services committee are calling on the president to do more. a video apparently showing
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jordanian pilate muath al kaseasbeh burning alive has sparked a new consensus on isis. they will deploy search and rescue helicopters in northern iraq to reach downed pilots faster. al kaseasbeh ended up in enemy hands after his fighter plane crashed in syria in december. >> the fact of the matter is we were not able to locate the pilot before he was picked up by isis forces. >> they have kept up terror groups in iraq and syria conducting more than a dozen in recent days. >> this is the moment where the brutality of what isis has demonstrated is really not winning them many followers in the moderate sunni arab states and certainly has galvanized jordan to fight against them. >> as jordan considers sending in ground troops to fight isis, members of congress are calling on the white house to boost military aid to the country. republicans and democrats want the obama administration to move quickly to provide aircraft parts, night vision equipment,
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and other weapons to jordan. >> we certainly are interested in maintaining the strong military-to-military type that we have in the country. >> the white house says the president would consider any package put together by congress but is looking for a specific request by jordan's government. the u.s. provides a billion dollars a year to jordan to assist them. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. a maryland high school is closed following a shooting last night. two students were injured last wounded at frederick's high school last night outside the gym during a basketball game. spectators inside fled for safety. the students' injuries are not believed to be life threatening. the shooters or shooter is still at large. coming up on the "morning news," the distress call. the final words from the pilot of a taiwanese plane that clipped a bridge and crashed. and a change in california's
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in taiwan audio recordings reveal the pilot of a transasia airways plane said mayday, mayday, engine flameout just moments before it crashed into a river. dash cam video appears to show the plane's left engine propeller at a standstill as the plane went down yesterday. at least 31 people are confirmed dead and 12 people are still missing after the plane sank into a river. in a study for the pentagon says russia president vladimir putin has asperger's syndrome. the study theorizes he may suffer from an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions. it suggests that putin's neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy. and the latest outbreak of measles is still growing in the u.s. with more than a hundred
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cases so far. many are in california, and now lawmakers are reconsidering allowing exemptions from vaccinations. ben tracy reports. >> uh-oh, i'm beating you. you'd better hurry up. you'd better go faster. >> reporter: 3-year-old o'ryan krueger had one of more than 100 cases reported in california. his mom kelly said he was hospitalized for more than three days. >> did he have kind of a bad rash that we associate with measles? >> absolutely. it started on his face and up in this area and overnight and the next day it was over his entire body. we were looking at our kid who was just lying there not wanting to move and thinks what is going to happen to him, is he going to come out okay. >> reporter: he got his first dose of mrthe vaccine mrr when he turned 1.
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it's 93% effective but he still got measles, likely exposed to the disease by someone who did not get vaccinated. >> parents are letting us know our current laws are insufficient and don't protect their kids. >> reporter: california's pediatrician richard pan is looking to abolish parents' personal beliefs exemption. kids would be required to be immunized before attending school except for medical reasons. 19 other states are allowed to be exempt for various reasons. sara warren brock's daughter elizabeth attends a day care in san to monica, still shut down after a child got measles. 14 babies are being kwarn an teened including elizabeth who had to have a blood test to verify her immunity. >> and it just seemed unfair to her, to us to have to take the next step as if the onus was on us for personal reasons. >> reporter: personal reasons now facing very public scrutiny. ben tracy, cbs news, los
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angeles. well, another potential presidential candidate is weighing in over the debate of measles vaccinations. former florida governor jeb bush addressed the detroit economic club and said that it's every parent's responsibility to vaccinate their children. bush also spoke about his feelings for his father george h.w. bush. >> i love my dad. in fact, my dad is the greatest man alive and if anyone disagrees, we'll go outside unless you're like 6'5", 250, and much younger than me. then we'll negotiate. >> bush also says he loves his brother but realizes he'll have to run for president as his own man. straight ahead, net neutrality, and a surprise gift from an unlikely millionaire. d a surprise gift from an unlikely millionaire. >> announcer: this portion of "cbs morning news" sponsored by international delight. leave a little room for delight. international delight. leave a little room for delight.
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we run on quickbooks.that's how we own it. here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. on the "cbs moneywatch" oil prices reverse and the s.e.c. weighs in on net neutrality. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning, anne-marie.
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oil prices fell again after a four-day rally. kruld oil prices dropped more than 8% wednesday. since june oil prices have fallen by more than 50%. crude oil supplies in the u.s. are now at their highest level in 80 years. it was a seesaw day on wall street as stocks reacted to that plunge in the price of oil and as europe's central bank withdrew key financial support for greek banks. the dow gained more than 6 points after giving up most of the 115-point advance. the s&p fell 8 points. and the nasdaq fell 11 points. it could be a big win for advocates of net neutrality. chairman tom wheeler is asking for strong authority to enforce open internet protections. he wants to stop internet service providers from charging content providers like netflix more money for reliable internet access. smucker's is going to the dogs. known for its namesake fruit spreads, j.m. smucker's is going
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into the dog food business. they're going into the big hart business. it makes milkbone treats and purina cat food. pet food totals $21 billion in 2013. and another example of you can't jump a book by its cover. ronald lived a quiet and frugal life in vermont. he worked at a gas station for 25 years and then a department store, but he had a hobby, picking stocks. and when he died last june at the age of 92 he left nearly $5 million to a local hospital and about a million dollars to the library. anne-marie? >> that's a great story. you never know what's going on behind closed doors. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange. thanks a lot, jill. when we return, a college basketball powerhouse bans itself from the ncaa tournament. and what happens when a 300-pound nfl player decides to watch his weight. player decides to watch his weight.
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. in sports, syracuse university banned its men's basketball team from post-season play. the self-imposed ban is in response to an ongoing ncaa investigation for past infractions. coach jim boeheim says he supports the decision. syracuse reported the violations, which include academic and drug issues. none of the activity occurred after 2012 and no current players are involved. charlie sifford who broke the color barrier in golf died tuesday night. back in 1961 sifford challenged the whites-only clause in the pga bylaw and won. he was a two-time pga winner
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while enduring racial taunts and threats. tiger woods said if not for sifford, he would not have been given the opportunity to play golf. >> he fought, and what he did, the courage it took for him to stick with it and be out here and play, you know, i probably wouldn't be here. >> last november sifford received the congressional medal of freedom. charlie sifford recently suffered a stroke. he was 92 years old. the new england patriots celebrated their super bowl victory with a parade in downtown boston. the team along with their wives and children rode on amphibious word war 2-style duck boats. fans braved the winter weather to catch a glimpse of the champs. and defensive linesmen nick hardwick played most of his nfl career at more than 300 pounds so it came as a shock to some when he walked to the podium
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this week to announce his retirement at just over 200 pounds. hardwick planned on this being his last season so after he was placed on the uninjured list this past december he decided to drop the diet he needed to block those nfl defenders. this is the "cbs morning news." you're a better you all day. tylenol®. good morning, usher! hey! did you know bees communicate through dance? me too... we're practically twins!
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here's another look at this morning's top stories. the deadly commuter train crash in new york city is focusing on why the driver of the suv stopped on the tracks. six people were killed when the crowded train slammed into the suv and burst into flames. and jordan's king abdullah said his country will fight a relentless war against isis on their own territory following the execution of a jordanian pilot. members of congress are pushing the obama administration to provide more aid to the military of jordan. large parts of the country are in the grips of a frigid winter weather this morning, but for some folks the ice and cold
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make the perfect backdrop for a bicycle ride. yeah, bicycle ride. jamie yuccas caught up with them. >> reporter: racing in brutal cold down snow-packed hills in minnesota is just like riding a bike for martha flynn. her tires are just thicker. when you're a fat bike racer, what do you call yourself? not a fatty. >> yeah, sometimes we call ourselves a fatty. >> reporter: she ma new year's eve, herself through icy tracks. the bikes can cost up to $6,000. 2,500 bucks for the tires. >> you look down at the giant tire and it just makes you smile. >> reporter: the race went for 22 miles along a downright terrifying course. it was held on what's typically the coldest day of the year. >> i've raced before with the starting temp at minus 10.
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>> don't you just sit down and say i'll just sit by the fire? >> no. >> this is really good conditions right now? >> this is perfect conditions. >> reporter: he thinks two wheels are just too easy. one wheel, though, falling comes with the territory. so if you fall 15 to 20 times a day, you're okay with that? >> oh, yeah. generally you wipe the snow off and get back on your feet. we call that an unplanned dismount. >> reporter: this year's winner was decided by half a second. but for most riders, where they finished really wasn't the point because in this tour de freeze the fun was in the trip. jamie yuccas, cbs news, woodbury, minnesota. >> there was no grand prize winner in last night's powerball drawing. that raises the jackpot to $360 million. that is the biggest in about a year. the payout is $250 million if you take your winnings in cash. the next drawing is saturday.
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well coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more on the investigation into the commuter train crash in new york, and we'll hear from some of the heroes. plus former olympian bruce jenner's transition from male to female female. and we go backstage to country singer eric church. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac --
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. taking a live look at the
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golden gate bridge, it is dry now but rain is on the way. good morning, i'm michelle griego. >> i'm frank mallicoat. it is 4:30. >> i was going to add a half- hour but what the heck. >> golden gate bridge is dry now, rain is on the way. everything is status quo right now. not even a little slower than previously talked about for many days now. you can see the leading edge of precipitation well offshore. we'll have just a couple of sprinkles across mendocino and sonoma counties today. most of the bay area is cloudy. currently mild in the 50s. we'll talk about the rain, advisories and watches coming up. >> getting a check of 880 in oakland, it's still slow heading into downtown. they are clearing overnight roadwork north of the oakland coliseum and at the golden gate they are just about


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